The American workforce is getting older, and senior workers are putting in more hours, creating new concerns for employers and injured worker advocates.
Insurance Business America’s Caitlin Bronson writes about perceptions around workers’ compensation. Dr. Joel Morton of Summit Pharmacy is quoted in the article that is largely based on research conducted by Harris Poll and Summit Pharmacy.
Every day brings another headline about a fatal overdose on painkillers, a celebrity who’s hooked, or a serious crime driven by addiction. Sadly, injured workers are among those addicted. Since 1990, opioid overdose deaths have tripled. It’s easy to blame doctors who prescribe painkillers, but only 17 percent of abused opioids are abused by legitimate patients with legitimate prescriptions. Physicians are doing their best, trying to treat pain without withholding needed medications, but that only helps so much.
USA Today developed this Snapshot graph based on data provided through research conducted by Harris Poll and Summit Pharmacy. It appeared in the weekend edition of USA Today and Gannett newspapers, including The Indianapolis Star, on Saturday, December 27, 2014, on page 4B.
Safety and Health Magazine news brief on Summit Pharmacy’s survey on workers’ compensation.